There is nothing more important than the safety of student, staff, and school visitors. The district has comprehensive safety plans, conducts regular training, and works closely with local police and fire agencies, municipal officials, and community organizations to address this priority. Education, awareness, and preparedness are an essential part of this effort.
All students should be able to do their work and enjoy school activities without worrying about unkind words or actions from others. The Dignity for All Students Act calls for training, awareness, and reporting designed to make sure that all students feel safe and are safe at school. The Dignity for All Students Act has been incorporated into the district's Codes of Conduct. Learn more
Under the New York State Project SAVE law (Safe Schools Against Violence in Education), the Niskayuna Central School District has adopted a district-wide safe schools plan.
Approved by the Board of Education, the plan consolidates many existing district safety procedures as well as new information required by Project SAVE. Items in the comprehensive plan include: district-wide safe schools plan, information about building-level safety plans, codes of conduct, emergency response plans, a character education plan, crisis response procedures and building safety team responsibilities.
In accordance with section 155.13 of the New York State education commissioner's regulations, the district has a plan for preventing and reacting to an emergency or disaster, and has coordinated these plans with local emergency management agencies. The district will conduct one drill every year to test the emergency plan. This drill will specifically test sheltering and early dismissal, as well as the communications and transportation systems to be used in emergencies. Dismissal will occur approximately 15 minutes earlier than normal dismissal time. For more information, call the school district's safety officer at 377-4666, x 50740.
A factsheet on this important topic [PDF] from Parent Today talks about what cyberbullying is, what parents can watch for, steps parents and children can take to avoid online issues and how to address them if necessary. (Learn more about Parent Today, an e-newsletter available to Niskayuna families that covers a wide range of home and school issues.)
Working closely with police, fire, and town officials, here are some steps that the district has taken to enhance safety in recent years:
New York State Law permits law enforcement authorities to share
certain information with school districts relating to paroled sex
offenders who take up residence in a school district. Parolees are
tracked through the Sex Offender Registry and regularly monitored by the
Schenectady County Probation Department. The parolee is classified by
New York State at different risk levels: Level 1 (least risk to
community); Level 2 (moderate risk of re-offending); or Level 3
Depending upon the risk level, the Department of Justice Criminal Services permits the release of different information: Level 2 (name, photograph, description and zip code) and Level 3 (name, photograph, description and specific address.)